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The word ‘melee’ is used to describe a fight or brawl involving a number of people, or a large, uncontrolled crowd. In both cases, it emphasizes the element of chaos and confusion which also brings with it an increased sense of danger and unpredictability.
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A few angry words were exchanged in the bar and next thing I know a melee erupted involving a number of different people.
Thousands of protesters swarmed onto the streets and I lost sight of my brother in the melee.
Bottles and rocks were thrown during the riot, and many were injured in the melee.